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- No Existe Adios - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars

No Existe Adios

No Existe Adios
(self-released - 2006)

The sextet Gastonia was founded back in 2003 in Maracaibo (Venezuela). They played a well-known local festival and did a 2-track demo which got good response in web communities. Then they have been to through some line-up changes and finally in 2006 found a stable line-up and recorded this 4-track demo.
The intro is starting very symphonic and reminds a bit of some classical opening and leads in to a short symphonic metal instrumental. After Intro they present Camino de cantares al valle del olvido which is a melodic speed metal tune which symphonic keyboards lines. The drums of Eduardo Espina are changing between some fast, simple beat and some complex patterns. The voice of Endi Paredes could be a bit more up-front. In the middle part the vocals are a bit annoying, but the following riffs and lead guitar parts are well done. They are closer to the Italian symphonic metal then to the Scandinavian bands. Otro Lugar starts with keyboard and has a gothic touch in the beginning. Starting balladesque. And here singer Endi could present his voice much better and has the chance to show feelings. Later the songs becomes a solemn mid-tempo tune. The vocals have a sad note which fits very well. The title track No existe adios is a faster track, but still Paredes has more space to express. He partly adds some aggression... And some progressive elements keep it interesting for the listener.
The songs are good, but they have to develop a more unique sound and a bit catchiness would do them good. Otro Lugar shows that the slow or mid-tempo speeds suits them more. Let's see what they present us next and perhaps the Venezuelans can leave their mark in this genre.

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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